This film was produced to heighten productivity in civilian homefront industries during World War II. Aimed at employers and workers alike, it shows problems faced by some workers (especially working women) in balancing home and family duties against the necessity to report to work on time and work regular hours.
Ken Smith sez: A supervisor gets his employees to be more productive by trying to understand their problems. Some of the workers are cutting out because Òthe stores close too early." "I'll talk to their owners," says the supervisor, "and see if they can't remain open a little later." Yeah, right. Great surreal jail-and-judge opening, very expressionistic and film noir.
CU Clock: WESTCLOX, strikes 11:00
LSD Man in pajamas going to bed, programming his alarm clock.
LS Inside a jail with bars; man with hat walks.
MCU Man with raincoat and hat behind bars.
MCU Judge with papers in left hand.
MCU Woman behind bars.
MCU Man behind bars smoking a cigarette.
LS Judge in background and young man in suit in profile in foreground.
Camera comes closer and closer to sweaty face of a convicted man in a suit; bars in background.
CU Profile of man in bed asleep, wakes and abruptly turns alarm off.
VS/MCU Two men in suit in front of attendance board of company.
MLS MEN'S ROOM door; shadow of a man, he exits.
MLS Two men in front of MEN'S ROOM door; one is severely chastising the other pointing towards the door, the other man looks down.
MLS Two men in suits enter a woodworking workshop.
MLS Woman at desk; she is writing and two men stand next to the desk.
CU Storefront window reads: BANKING HOURS: 9 AM TO 5 PM SATURDAY BANK CLOSES AT 12 NOON.
LS Woman walking on street with many stores.
CU Store window reads: THIS STORE WILL CLOSE AT 5:30 PM.
LS Woman exits store with large brown bag in her arms.
CU Sign reads: HOURS 9:30 TO 5:30.
LS Woman walking in street.
CU Panel reads: JULIUS BROWNE, DDS OFFICE HOURS 9-10 AM, 1-5 PM.
MLS Old woman with a pile of boxes in her workplace; two men in suits. She sneezes into a tissue.
Training films Clocks Prisons (cells) Cells (prison) Prisoners Criminals Jails Courtrooms Judges Tough guys Smooth guys Nightmares Surrealism Fantasy Smoking Alarms Lateness Time clocks Workers (women) Workers Bathrooms (men's) Reprimands Supervisors Discipline Industry Praise Carpenters Shopping Office hours (signs) Signs (office and store hours) Sneezes Sleeping Beds Schedules Time Gender roles World War II (homefront) World War II (civilian workers)
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